focal length: 26 mm
shutter speed: 1/640
aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 200
flash: none

Shooting in full sun is challenging, no doubt. I seek the shade whether I’m shooting pictures or just relaxing. Shooting in the shade really helps avoid those harsh noonday shadows and strong highlights. But it’s not all fun and games though. Shooting manual forces me to change my settings every time my subject runs in and out of shade. After a couple hours of this, I finally switched to Aperture Priority mode. My fingers just weren’t fast enough to change the shutter speed every few seconds under those conditions.

Another thing to watch out for while shooting in the shade of those glorious trees, are the spotty bits of shade mixed with pockets of lights due openings in the leaves above. You might get something like this:

focal length: 70 mm
shutter speed: 1/4000
aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 200
flash: none

It’s what I call “the marble effect”. Okay, I just made that up, but really, it can give your subject unflattering skin tones. So try to look for 100% shade, instead of the spotty variety.

What are your greatest challenges while shooting in full sun? Do you have any tips to share?

Laura is a Vancouver wedding and portrait photographer. Visit laurahana.com.